MANILA, Philippines – To many, Angelo Castro Jr. was a veteran broadcast journalist and the male anchor of “The World Tonight.”
But to his siblings, Castro or “ACJ” to his peers, was so much more.
Benjie, the youngest of the Castro siblings, described his older brother as a father figure who would correct him like how their father, the late broadcast pioneer Angelo Castro Sr., would correct ACJ.
“I'm in broadcast and I always wonder how [Angelo] finds time to correct me. How does this guy find time to monitor my products?” he told ANC’s “The World Tonight” on Monday.
“We did not only lose a father but also a friend,” he added.
Castro’s other brother Gary, who is based in the US, said Castro was “a fantastic student of English.”
Gary shared that when he used to send his presentations to Castro to proofread, only two things were retained: the date and his name.
Grace Castro-Tuason, meanwhile, said their brother had always been protective of his siblings.
Grace, the only girl in the Castro siblings, said some of her suitors even had to ask the permission of his brother back in the day.
“He was overprotective. Some of them even asked permission from him but he was not rude or strict about it. He was a very loving brother,” she said.
Grace also revealed that Castro was a perfectionist not only on his broadcasting duties but also on theatre acting, a trait which had earned him the nickname “OA.”
“The whole clan they’d call him ‘OA,’ which stands for overacting. It was because when he was acting on stage and movies, he would bring home his scripts and practice on us. And we’d always complain, ‘Ang OA!’ So it became his nickname. Angelo, though he was in the movies, he was a better stage actor than a movie actor, I would say,” she said.
Castro’s family has expressed gratitude as mourners continue to pay tribute to ACJ at his home in Commonwealth, Quezon City.
The 67-year-old Castro passed away last Thursday due to cancer.